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page 43 -- American Boot and Shoe Co., A.S.T.Co., Connecticut Boot & Shoe Co.

updated 11 October 2015
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Wikipedia's well-sourced article presents the "original" lyrics as below. The origins of this nursery rhyme are uncertain, but ancient.

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.

She had so many children, she didn't know what to do;
She gave them some broth without any bread;

She whipp'd all their bums, and sent them to bed.

Google Image Search finds many colorful variations on the architecture of the shoe house:

Emma Jane Arnold's family of four children was probably a little lower than average for her time. Rural families were larger. She might have had more children had her husband survived his Civil War wounds. The Arnold family has no record of any remarriage. We do not know how she felt about family planning, but we do know she was absolutely devoted to raising the children she had under some very difficult circumstances.

As you journey through the pages of this collection, you may be able to detect themes that the Arnold family has not discovered. Please don't be shy! Let us know what you've found by commenting below.

Meanwhile victorian merchants hoped the rhyme, whatever its philosophical message, would sell shoes.

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a personal favorite -- brings out the kid in me!
The American Shoe Tip Company of Boston (A.S.T.Co.) is discussed on page 48 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection.

Another card for the Connecticut Boot & Shoe Company is on page 87 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection.

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